Social media has been both a blessing and a curse for the fire service, but one thing is undeniable: social media with all its problems is here to stay. The law that applies to social media has been evolving with new cases arising daily. Emerging are important principles that fire service leaders & firefighters can use to avoid the pitfalls that can lead to firefighters being terminated or social media policies being struck down.
This program will review the latest social media cases affecting the fire service & the important lessons learned. These lessons will then be connected to recommended policy language for an effective & legally defensible social media policy.
Course materials include a model social media policy that can be customized in class & copies of key cases.
Why this webinar will help you:
- Courts routinely strike down well intentioned social media policies because they restrict speech under a principle known as prior restraint. This puts fire service leaders in a bind because even well-intentioned policies aimed at protecting firefighters can violate the 1st Amend.
-Without clear policy guidance, there are no rules... until AFTER something is posted that causes a controversy. By then it may be too late to save someone's career.
There is a solution. This program focuses on what the 1st Amend. requires & how fire service policies can provide the kind of guidance needed without running afoul of the law!
Instructor: Curt Varone has 45+ yrs in the fire service & 35+ yrs as a practicing attorney licensed in RI & ME. He is a retired deputy chief from Providence RI, a Contributing Editor for Firehouse Magazine, & operates Fire Law Blog. He remains active as a deputy chief in Exeter RI.
Time: 1:00pm-4:30PM Eastern
Cost: $150 per person
For group discounts or if you can't use Paypal, email CurtVarone@gmail.com
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